Exit Velocity Readings
Why are exit velocity readings important? It’s a proven fact that the harder a hitter hits the ball the better the outcome. Of course, there is a bit more to it than that, like launch angle, but overall it is an important metric to look at. Max exit velocity is also important to look at because it tends to show the power output a hitter can have. This is why we track both of these stats every day in this article.
Your top max exit velocity readings from yesterday, in order: Matt Olson, Giancarlo Stanton, Trevor Larnach, Willson Contreras, and Ryan Jeffers.
Matt Olson’s hit to grab him the number one spot for the day had an exit velocity of 116.8 MPH. This is a career-high for Olson which is honestly kind of scary. I would expect a lot of home runs from him this season.
Apparently, Tommy Edman is a power hitter now? In yesterday’s game, he went three for five with a double and four hard-hit balls. Edman can do it all and if he keeps this up he will be insanely valuable.
Andrew Vaughn continues to rip the baseball out of the ballpark as he hit another home run yesterday. He had three hard-hit balls all over 101.2 MPH, he has so much raw power.
Kyle Farmer had himself a day going four for five with four doubles and three hard-hit balls. Farmer is great at creating contact but doesn’t possess much power limiting his upside. He is a solid matchup play moving forward.
Rafael Devers went two for five with a double and three hard-hit balls that were all over 103 MPH. Impressive.
Swings and Misses:
Why are swings and misses important? For pitchers, this can show their talent since the best pitchers in the world always have a knack for creating whiffs. The higher the whiff rate, the higher the strikeout rate. It’s also important to view this every day so we can spot outliers. If an unusual name pops up on the list it could mean one of two things, either they are evolving as a pitcher or they just had a lucky day. If it is the former this could help you catch emerging pitchers before anyone else does.
- Dylan Cease – 21
- Drew Rasmussen – 19
- MacKenzie Gore – 17
- Steven Matz – 17
- Ross Stripling – 17
Steven Matz was our shallow league pick and on the surface, he didn’t have a good start. He pitched four innings with four earned runs and six strikeouts. I watched this start though and he was extremely unlucky and was BABIP’d to death. There was a routine pop-up in a weird spot in the shallow outfield where three Cardinals players all watched it drop. With two outs Matz had a ground ball come back at him that just kicked off his glove causing it to be a single. The majority of the hits against him were singles and little bloop hits. Besides the bad luck, he didn’t allow one home run and had 17 whiffs with a 33 CSW%. If you have him I would hold, if he is on the wire I would think about grabbing him.
Drew Rasmussen! Who the heck turned you into a strikeout machine?! Rasmussen pitched six innings where he struck out nine hitters against the Seattle Mariners. His 19 whiffs are quite impressive and he basically split those whiffs between his cutter and slider. This was a pitch mix change for Drew as he normally features his four-seam fastball, maybe we are about to see another level to the young stud?
Ross Stripling has done this before. He has had fantastic blips in a season and while the 17 whiffs are great I will need to see it again before I start to think something is here.
There seems to be some excitement over Jakob Junis because he has been pitching well and yesterday he pitched five innings with six strikeouts against the Athletics. Junis had 10 whiffs with eight of them coming from his slider, a slider that he threw over 50% of the time. Junis is a two-pitch pitcher who really only has one great pitch. When it comes to two-pitch pitchers they need two fantastic pitches and I don’t see that here. Is he worth a speculative add in 12-team formats? Perhaps. But don’t expect him to become the next Kyle Wright of the season.
Mookie is Heating Up
Mookie Betts has an extremely slow start to the season leaving many fantasy managers on the edge of their seats. There was some worry with him coming into the season due to a consistent drop in exit velocity and the fact that he basically didn’t steal a base in the second half of the season. In his last seven games, he has started to show some life though. He has two home runs, 11 runs, and two stolen bases. His wRC+ sat at 175, his K% dropped to 15.2%, and his OPS was an impressive .924. Hopefully, Mookie keeps this going but only time will tell.
Keep Him in The Rotation
MacKenzie Gore really had his coming-out party last night for the San Diego Padres. He pitched five innings, allowed just one run, and accumulated 10 strikeouts. Overall he had 17 whiffs with a 29 CSW% and 11 of those whiffs came from his four-seam fastball. Gore took advantage of a really weak Reds offense and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. I think the Padres have to go with a six-man rotation here and boot out Nick Martinez. You want to limit Snell and Clevinger anyway so it makes complete sense.
In yesterday’s game J.P. Crawford went one for four with a home run and an RBI. On the season he is now hitting .349 with three home runs, a 212 wRC+, and a .455 OBP. His Barrel rate this season is double from last season and his slugging has nearly doubled. It’s early but this is a bit intriguing plus there is this:
#Mariners J.P. Crawford crushing. Hitting .349/.455/.587 with a .456 wOBA and 3 HRs on the year.
Worth noting so far:
– Less GBs
– More LDs and FBs (obviously)
– Pulling ball more
Doing this while continuing to put up great Z-Contact, O-Swing and SwStr rates
— Mike Kurland (@Mike_Kurland) April 28, 2022